LibriVox recording of The Moving Picture Girls; by Laura Lee Hope. Read by Cori Samuel.
Ruth and Alice DeVere and their father Hosmer struggle to make ends meet in New York City - times are hard, even for a talented actor like Mr. DeVere. Just as he successfully auditions for a new play, an old voice affliction renders him terribly hoarse and he loses the role. Despite voice rest and medical treatment, Mr. DeVere's voice fails to improve, and it is impossible to find theatre work. A friend and neighbour in their apartment building suggests that Mr. DeVere tries acting in the moving pictures (which being silent, would not need him to speak at all) but Mr. DeVere considers that business to be common and cheap. However, when they receive an eviction notice, and local shops refuse to extend credit, Mr. DeVere may have no choice ... and where he goes, his daughters will follow. (Summary by Cori Samuel)
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January 20, 2014 Subject:
Not much to it. Intended for children and young people. Interesting stuff on the earliest days of "moving pictures". Very well read.
If you're interested in books about the old silent movies, I thought that these two were great: Merton of the Movies and Mollie of the Movies, especially the first one.
November 25, 2013 Subject:
warm, touching book, the wonderful reader cori samuel
At first I felt let down by the fact that:
"Laura Lee Hope is the pseudonym for numerous writers under the Stratemeyer Syndicate including Edward Stratemeyer (1862-1930) himself, his daughter Harriet Stratemeyer Adams (1892-1982), Howard Roger Garis (1873–1962), and his wife Lilian McNamara Garis (d.1954) who wrote the Bobbsey Twins juvenile series."
Ususally, I am not a fan of childrens and young persons books but the moving picture girls was written in 1914 and there is a maturity to it during this ominous and hard time(ww1, wealth disparity, the lead up to the stockmarket crash)which is deserving of a good rating. . Its not your usual Bobbsey twins fare, written by one or two writers of the Stratemeyer Syndicate. Im not that cynical, and my hat is off to that or those writers who wrote this serious book at the beginning and the good old happy middle to ending. Its one of those needed lighter works giving me a break from my Dostoevksy, Turgenev,Eugene O'Neill, et al
July 29, 2010 Subject:
wonderful reader. Absolutely delightful story
March 16, 2009 Subject:
This sweet old fashioned book, authored by a group of writers that also gave us The Bobbsey Twins, is well read by the expressive Cori Samuel of Librivox.org fame.
It is a good listen for a rainy afternoon or a commute.